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Linda Conlin

April 2021 Linda Conlin

Natural Eyes

A little over a year ago, many of us including me began telecommuting as offices shut down. My pumps, blouses and blazers went into the closet. The pouch containing my cosmetics was zipped and tossed in a drawer. Offices are beginning to open again, and I hope I can remember how to put together an outfit that doesn’t include yoga pants, not to mention how to apply makeup. Prevent Blindness named April Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, so it’s a good time to revisit those cosmetics, especially eye makeup.
March 2021 Education

Everything in One Place

Not long after Carissa Dunphy started at the front desk in a busy optometric practice, her superiors told her, “You can do more.” She agreed to train as a tech, and “got hooked” on the field. Carissa is now an ABO certified optician and founder of Optician Now, a web resource for opticians and those seeking certification or licensure. Her goal is to have one central place to find all kinds of information relating to the optician profession.
March 2021 Education

Think of Something Awesome!

That’s how Dee Pace, Executive Director of Professional Opticians of Florida (POF), provides continuing education for opticians through the challenges of COVID-19. In a recent conversation, Dee took me on their journey from the COVID-19 shutdown of POF’s live continuing education events through the innovations that brought them back with the priority of attendee safety.
February 2021 Linda Conlin

“Never Settle for Less Than Your Best”

Those are the words Dr. Patricia Bath heard from her parents many times while growing up. Could her parents have known that Dr. Bath’s “best” would lead to an outstanding career in ophthalmology, academia, and humanitarian work? What’s more, Dr. Bath achieved notable firsts for women and African Americans in the medical field.
January 2021 Contact Lenses

Slime: The Contact Lens Connection

You read that right. There’s a connection between contact lenses and that sticky, stretchy creation that’s all the rage with kids. It seems that contact lens solution is a key ingredient for homemade slime. Who figured that one out? I couldn’t find the responsible party, but a little of the history and chemistry behind slime will give some insight as to why it works.
January 2021 Resources

Implementation of Updated FTC Contact Lens Rule Delayed

You never know where things will turn up. On December 28, 2020, as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (stimulus package) Congress acted “to delay the implementation, effective date, and enforcement of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) updated Contact Lens Rule until March 31, 2021.”